One of my favorite party appetizers just got a whole lot better! Once you make these marinated Bocconcini skewers you will never settle for the original ones.
Allowing the mozzarella to absorb the flavors of the marinate overnight- gives this classic dish an unforgettable flavor.
Ingredients (Makes 20 Skewers)
1 red pepper; roasted, quartered & seeded
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cracked black pepper
20 bocconcini (cocktail size balls)
1/4 cup finely chopped basil
1/4 cup finely chopped mint
20 cherry tomatoes
20 large basil leaves
Balsamic Vinegar (for drizzle)
20 wooden skewers
Cut the red pepper into quarters and then roast them side up under a hot broiler until charred and wrinkled- about 7-10 minutes. Once cooled, remove the skins and dice finely.
Next-combine diced peppers, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, oil, salt, pepper, chopped basil & chopped mint in a large bowl. Add the bocconcini and toss to coat each piece well.
Cover and marinate at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. You can also marinate the Bocconcini for up to 3 days in advance! The longer you the let the cheese absorb the flavors of the marinade- the better they will be!
When ready to use, wrap one basil leaf around a bocconcini ball and thread onto the wooden skewer with a cheery tomato. Drizzle with a touch of balsamic vinegar.
How simple was that? No more excuses for bringing store bought appetizers to the party!